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Okinawa

Insider’s Guide To Okinawa

As one of Japan’s top musicians, Beni tours across the country performing live shows to large crowds. While on the road, she always looks forward to a stop in the South where she can indulge in her grandmother’s homemade chanpuru and miso soup with pork. “Okinawa is my home,” the award-winning singer says. “It is the place where a lot of people I cherish, including my family, live and where I can be down-to-earth and be by myself.”

Discover Beni’s Personal Guide To Okinawa

PARADISE OF ETERNAL SUMMER

From scuba diving to whale watching, no one will leave Okinawa without being mesmerized by the big blue sea that surrounds the "Hawaii of Japan." Okinawa’s natural charms also include virgin ancient-growth forests, home to rare flora and fauna native only to the island. The rich heritage of the Ryukyu culture has been well preserved and can be seen everywhere, from traditional crafts to performing arts and lifestyle, lending a distinct cultural ambiance. With this abundance of beauty and wholesome living, it may not surprise that Okinawans boast the longest lifespans in the world—discover their secret.

WHAT TO PACK

Casual Clothing: Don’t overpack with formal clothing. Most restaurants are casual and shorts and t-shirts are generally allowed. Beach sandals, locally known as "shimazori," are popular as well.

Weather Gear:  Hats and sunglasses are donned for the majority of the year to protect against the fierce Okinawan sun. However, the typhoon season from May to November brings lots of rain, so an umbrella is an invaluable asset.

Sunscreen and Moisturizer: Be sure to pack your own as buying locally can be expensive.

ESSENTIAL PHRASES

Hai Sai: A universal Okinawan greeting that serves as good morning, good afternoon and good evening. 

Chuu Wuganabira!: Hello!

Ganjuu Yami?: How are you? 

Niffee Deebiiru: Thank you. 

Himoji: I am hungry.

Namakara Nji Chuun: Good-bye.

TIPS FROM A LOCAL

Slip on something more comfortable: Hosts will often provide indoor slippers to change into, as well as bathroom slippers.

Bathing beauties: The onsen is a quintessentially Japanese form of rest and comes with its own set of etiquette, from washing before your dip, to keeping your towel out of the water and maintaining decorum.

Eating Okinawa: The Okinawan diet is known for its life-extending benefits; the secret is hypothesized to lie in the plentiful seafood, the fresh produce and moderate portion sizes.

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